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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Ҩ on Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:57 pm

    So, I've been thinking about this a lot lately and I just kinda feel like making a really long post, so I'm gonna test the waters! Isn't it kind of a shame that baseball isn't as popular as most of the other major American sports? Or, is that not even the case?

    It seems that the NFL reigns supreme and that basketball is a close second. I was watching some of the Ken Burns documentary on baseball and there was a comment by some writer that really struck me. There is something about watching baseball that gives you the illusion that you have the ability to perform at the same level as the players. I know I can't fucking dunk. When I watch Aaron Rodgers throw a perfect spiral that somehow gets through all the defensive coverage and lands perfectly in the outstretched arms of receiver for a touchdown, I know I can't do that either. As for hockey, I can't even fucking skate. Of course, I know that I can't hit a ball like Schwarber or play the field like Addison Russell. I played baseball as a kid and sucked at it and was fucking terrified of the ball. But when I'm sitting in Wrigley Field and I see Kris Bryant backhand the ball at third base and make a perfect throw to Rizzo for a force out (a relatively routine play for any major league player of course) I really do have the illusion that I could do the same thing. Or when I watch a pitch come in that gets absolutely crushed into the gap I sorta think, at least while I am watching, that in the same situation I would have achieved a similar result. I can't explain exactly why that makes sense to me but I'm wondering if anyone else sorta feels a similar way...

    Another great thing about baseball is the pace of the game and duration of the season. It's a three hour long game that involves very little action, absolutely no flow, and is played 162 times a year by every single team. Not to mention, the game comes to you! In football you can build a roster around several superstars at valuable positions and potentially avoid having to deal with any glaring roster inadequacies. After all, the fucking Bears got to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman and the Patriots have never had a legitimate franchise running back during their decade-long dynasty. Of course in basketball a few superstar position players can entirely change the complexion of an organization, like in Cleveland. In baseball you can't do that. Sometimes the ball is gonna be hit to left field and you just have to depend on Schwarber reading the ball correctly. And of course, with two out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning there is just as good of a probability for Rizzo to come to the plate as there is for David Ross.

    The incredible display of athleticism showcased in basketball makes it so fun. The frenetic pace of a postseason hockey game makes it without a doubt the best viewing experience in professional sports. And whatever the NFL has makes it really popular and supposedly exciting too! But baseball is really boring in comparison. It's a very pastoral game that doesn't lend itself to analogies about military tactics like with football. But I think that is the charm of it. You actually have to play as a team. Having Bryce Harper doesn't mean you are going to get into the playoffs like it does with wherever the fuck LeBron decides to go.

    Basically, it isn't a sexy sport whatsoever. And the idea that it used to be America's past time and therefore it should remain so, because tradition duh, is a really stupid thing to say. I'm not even making a comparison between the sports really. It's actually entirely within reason to claim that I'm not even saying anything at all!!

    But, what do you guys think...?
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Nick on Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:12 pm

    Yeah man
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Ned Braden on Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:20 pm

    My wife thinks baseball players are the sexiest athletes.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by tjenz on Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:29 am

    This might change her mind.  



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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Ҩ on Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:34 pm

    The Cubs are gonna make one more move in the offseason and get a quality center fielder. They are going to win at least 105 games and the World Series this year. Get ready y'all!
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    Post by Ҩ on Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:21 pm

    First day of camp! Can't wait for April doggs.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:54 am

    gonna go see the AL Wild Card leading Chicago White Sox tomorrow (and freeze my baguettes off)
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by chrondog on Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:55 pm

    Sox lineup is stacked this year. We (the A's) learned last year that Brett Lawrie is utter shite, but you've got tons of other hitters. Abreu is a stud, Frazier is quality, Eaton and Jackson are good players. This was not a good series this week.

    Lock it in that the A's are below .500 this year. Not a lot to sink your teeth into--not too many returning players, not too many promising young players. Just a lot of slop floating around in our sloppy talent pool. I want to go to a game next week.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Ҩ on Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:49 am

    I'm so bummed about Schwarber.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Nick on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:14 pm

    I think the Cubs are going to win the World Series this year.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Nick on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:19 pm

    Legit hope that in October I'm boarding piss ass drunk in Wrigleyville wearing my Mark Grace jersey celebrating a World Series.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Ҩ on Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:41 am

    This is the year, man. I'll see you there Nick!
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by undo on Sat May 28, 2016 2:10 am

    Ned, what do U consider to be the best kind of baseball?
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sat May 28, 2016 2:46 am

    That is a great question. Earlier post was a bit tounge and cheek, but when I read "modern baseball," my mind immediately started going over what that term meant. I started to think about the steroid abuse era of overinflated offensive stats, the post millennium and balco crackdown shit, the most current era which has been defined by... my own ignorance from not following it closely enough so what do I even know? I mean, I'm really enjoying watching this Socmx team whenever I get the chance so maybe "modern" ain't so bad right?

    I juxtaposed those thoughts with images of George Brett running out of the dugout screaming with his head and face on fire and I lip full of tobacco. The semi-obese Babe Ruth doing a medicine ball workout in a tank top onesie thing. Salty ass Nolan Ryan punching Robin Ventura a lot. Something else that James Earl Jones would've said in Field of dreams. Artistically, aesthetically, and nostalgically, my answer lies in here somewhere.

    As a baseball player though, I like small ball. Smart ball. Focus first on pitching and defense, and grind out the runs in whatever way your lineup lets U. Let the power guys swing away 4 sure, but don't rely on it. Be able to manufacture with a sac bunt here, a steal there.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by reuben on Sat May 28, 2016 6:53 am

    art!

    I never knew that Braden on baseball was like Paves writing about music.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Michael K. on Sat May 28, 2016 3:41 pm

    'Modern Baseball' sounds like an old-timey type of term that someone would've used to describe the American League. It doesn't seem modern at all in and of itself.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by zappo on Sat May 28, 2016 6:59 pm

    White Sox game was infuriating, this afternoon.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Nick on Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:50 pm

    Tonight's game is being played on a military base Jesus fucking Christ
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Nick on Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:16 pm

    Well guys, I am about to play in my first neighborhood softball game. Haven't swung a bat since high school but here goes nothing.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by chrondog on Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:14 pm

    i bought a glove a few weeks ago and have been playing catch. it's dope.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Nick on Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:48 pm

    I went to the Cubs game today and left in the 7th. OMG I forgot how boring that shit is live. I told the co-workers I was with that I was going to the bathroom but probably wouldn't come back.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:50 am

    chrondog wrote:i bought a glove a few weeks ago and have been playing catch. it's dope.

    Haven't really been around much these days, but just popped in to say I noticed this and it's the best post ever.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by vIv on Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:27 pm



    We'll C U guys Friday night.


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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Nick on Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:45 pm

    With a heavy heart I predict the Cubs get swept.
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    Re: let's baseball

    Post by Ҩ on Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:36 am

    Fuck all of U assholes.

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